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Wednesday 29 January 2020

New miss Ireland to take on the world in beauty stakes

Miss Ireland contestant Esme Mansergh Wallace backstage with fellow contestants last night
Miss Ireland contestant Esme Mansergh Wallace backstage with fellow contestants last night
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Model Holly Carpenter handed over her Miss Ireland crown last night as the end came to her reign as the Irish beauty pageant queen.

Thirty-four girls joined in battle at Dublin's Ballsbridge Hotel to see who will represent Ireland in the upcoming Miss World Competition, to be held in Inner Mongolia.

A host of celebrities attended the event, which was hosted by Ireland AM's Sinead Desmond and celebrity DJ Ray Shah.

The judges included top celebrity hair stylist James Brown, who is a friend of iconic model Kate Moss.

Also on the judging panel was celebrity fitness trainer Paul Byrne, Elaine Crowley, the TV3 television presenter, and Emma Waldron, who won the crown in 2010.

This year also saw the launch of the Miss Ireland Hall of Fame.

As event organiser Sean Montague explained: "The idea was to look at what they have done with their career since they won the title."

The winner will be presented with a customised Louise Kennedy crystal gift.

Last year's winner, Holly Carpenter, who is granddaughter of the late journalist Terry Keane, had her reign cut short last night due to a decision by the organisers to bring forward the date of the 2012 beauty pageant.

The move meant she lost her title six months before her reign should end.

Finishing 44th out of 120 girls at Miss World Contest in London last November, the textiles student, who took a year off from studies at NCAD to fulfil her duties as Miss Ireland, said she has no regrets.

"I've crammed a lot in this year," said Holly, whose mother, Jane Carpenter, is Keane's daughter.

The beautiful model, who is dating Irish rugby star Cian Healy, had a whirlwind year of front covers, glossy photo shoots and television appearances. She also picked up the keys to a new car.

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